Editor’s Note: U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) takes an opportunity on International Women’s Day to highlight an incredible book, Half the Sky, which is required reading for all who want to make a difference in the world for girls and women. Authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn are a huge inspiration to the team @ MeaningfulWomen.com!
Last year I started Off The Sidelines as a call to action to all women to get more involved in their communities and to make their voices heard on the issues they care about so that we can change the landscape of decisionmaking in this country. When I decided I wanted to do an Off The Sidelines book club, little did I know that I would soon be introduced to such an inspiring, yet at times devastating, book — and one that so perfectly epitomizes the spirit of Off The Sidelines: Half The Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.
From sex trafficking to genital mutilation, from honor killing to forced prostitution, Half The Sky takes an unflinching look at so many of the ways that women and girls are oppressed around the world every day, through the stories of many of the women who have suffered and survived these crimes and injustices — some of whom have escaped with their lives and have come out better on the other end, and some who have not.